The “mere Christian” focus of the program and the ecumenical nature of the faculty means that the MA in Apologetics is designed to serve all parts of the body of Christ, and welcomes Catholic and Orthodox as well as Protestant students.
The MA in Apologetics offers both a Cultural Apologetics track and a Philosophical Apologetics track.
You can expect to write multiple essays in each class, with the assignments carefully designed by your professors to lead you into a greater understanding and application of the material, and mastery of the concepts and skills for that course.
Since class sizes are small, you’ll always get feedback from your professor on your writing, not just a grade, so that you can grow both in knowledge and in communication skills as you go forward.
To say ‘I was satisfied’ is an understatement.” – D. Asperheim “This is the program I’ve been waiting for — a strong blend of rational and imaginative apologetics with a world-class faculty — plus the flexibility of selecting a mix of on-campus and online classes — even within the same semester.
The online course work is no less rigorous than its on-campus equivalent, but these courses allow me to structure my participation to accommodate competing professional and personal responsibilities.” – Leigh Mc Leroy Read more testimonials…HBU’s engagement with the larger apologetics community through apologetics conferences, faculty scholarship, cultural and arts programs, and local engagement means that students in the MA Apologetics program will have opportunities to gain further experience in the practical aspect of apologetics work.The degree includes a thesis option and provides the academic foundation for further study at the Ph D level, as well as for further academic work in philosophy, theology, or the humanities.The Master of Arts in Apologetics degree is intended to provide students with interdisciplinary training in apologetics so that they understand and engage with contemporary worldviews and culture in order to transform the world for Christ, as academics, as apologists, and as followers of Christ.HBU’s MA in Apologetics is set apart from other apologetics programs by its interdisciplinary nature and its engagement with culture and the arts and humanities.Distinctives of the Cultural Apologetics track: format that allows for students to balance work, ministry, and/or parenting with academic study (and to have professors and classmates in multiple time zones).We use a custom designed web platform for our online classes (with full tech support).Furthermore, the program includes a strong component of coursework in writing and communication in apologetics, designed to help students achieve excellence in writing, speaking, and other forms of apologetics engagement.The degree includes a thesis option, which is ideal for students who wish to pursue further work at the doctoral level.You’ll interact with your professor through the online discussion boards, through your writing assignments and the feedback you receive on them, and through email, on-campus meetings (when possible) and/or Skype video conferences. All classes are 100% online and there is no requirement to travel to HBU (this is particularly helpful for our international students).Students are, of course, welcome to travel to HBU as visitors to come to events such as conferences, and to meet our faculty in person, if they would like to, but the degree is designed to be completed exclusively online.